Our Advisory Board

A dedicated board of trustees supports and advises the institute on strategic issues and decisions for the future.

The picture was taken during the board meeting in July 2019.

Advisory Board

Dr. Manfred Jagiella, Chairman of the Advisory Board

The mechanical engineerering graduate and Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering is managing director of Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co.KG since 2007 and member of the executiuve board of Endress+Hauser Messtechnik GmbH+Co. KG since 2016. Dr. Jagiella is member of the board of ZVEI Baden-Württemberg. He is also voluntarily engaged at the economic senate of the BVMW, as a european economic senator at the EWS and as a commercial judge at the Landgericht Stuttgart.

Dr. Lutz Aschke

After completing his studies in physics and organizational management at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Aschke received his doctor’s degree at the faculty of Plasma and Nuclear Physics, with the research focus being on lasers and EUV lithography. Following professional appointments with Schott Lithotec AG and Limo Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH, he joined the Trumpf group in 2015. Since 2016, Aschke holds the position of CFO in the group’s laser technology business division. Aschke has been a member of the program committee in the government initiative »Optical Technologies« from 2007 to 2015, where he participated in setting up the »Agenda Photonik 2020«. From 2011 to 2014, Aschke was a member of the »Board of Stakeholders« of the European technology platform Photonics 21. Since 2007, he is also chairman of the board of the IVAM Microtechnology Network and board member of the F.O.M. Forschungsvereinigung Feinmechanik, Optik und Medizintechnik e.V. (research association for fine mechanics, optics and medical technology).

Stephanie Busse

Stephanie Busse studied law at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg. In 1998 she joined Deutsche Bahn AG, where she worked in real estate management. In 2015, she switched to DB Netz AG. Currently, Ms. Busse runs the tunnel and earthworks division in the headquarters of DB Netz AG. The research and development topics of these specialist trades also count among the main areas of her activity.

Prof. Dr. Frank Boochs

Having received his diploma in geodesy, Boochs worked as research fellow at the Institute of Photogrammetry at the RFW University of Bonn and later at the Institute for Applied Geodesy in Frankfurt. Boochs’ research centers around 3D measuring technologies, image analysis, optical technologies, semantic modelling and »spatial humanities«. Boochs is co-founder and managing director of the i3mainz, Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology at the Hochschule Mainz (University of Applied Sciences). Since 1993, he is a professor for Applied Informatics at the School of Technology, Geoinformatics and Surveying.

Dr. Bernd Dallmann

Dr. Bernd Dallmann

After completing his postgraduate and undergraduate studies in economics, Dallmann first worked in the German Federal Ministry of Finance, then in the field of pharmacy and for the State Horticultural Show in Freiburg. From 1987 to 2017 he has been Managing Director of FWTM – Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH, a company responsible for promoting business and tourism in Freiburg. In 2017 he joined the FWI – Freiburg Wirtschaftsimmobilien GmbH, a company responsible for promoting business real estate, as managing Director of FWI. Since July 2018 he has been managing director of ISBA gGmbH - Internationale Studien- und Berufsakademie Freiburg, an institute for international study and university of cooperative education.

Dallmann also advises cities, companies and institutions on economic and location development in Germany and China. He is Chairman of the Board of the European Environmental Foundation based in Basel/Switzerland.

Dr. Jürgen Gieshoff

Having accomplished his university teacher training in chemistry and mathematics, Gieshoff earned his doctorate in the area of heterogeneous catalysis. He started his professional carrier at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE where he was involved in research projects addressing hydrogen technologies. In 1996, Gieshoff joined Degussa AG where he first worked on strategic research projects in the exhaust-gas catalytic converters business division. For four years, Gieshoff was head of product development of diesel exhaust-gas catalytic converters. In 2003, he was appointed Global Technology Director of the research division in the exhaust-gas catalytic converters department at Umicore AG & Co.KB. Gieshoff has taken part in Fraunhofer IPM’s 2016 strategy process.

Dr. Mathias Jonas

After completing his studies in nautics, Jonas worked as a research fellow at the »Ingenieurhochschule für Seefahrt« (school of nautics engineering) in Rostock where he received has doctor’s degree in 1991. He then took up a position of research associate in the Nautics Department of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. From 1994 to 2008 Jonas was head of division »nautics information service« at the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie BSH, a higher federal authority under the jurisdication of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure). He was appointed head of the nautics hydrography department at the BSH in 2009, a post that encompassed responsibility for marine survey and mapping of the entire German sea area as well as representation of all federal hydrographical issues in an international context. From 2014 to 2017 Jonas was Vice President of the BSH. In April 2017, he was appointed Secretary General of the Monaco based International Hydrographic Organization IHO where he commenced his duty in September 2017.

Gerhard Kleinpeter

Gerhard Kleinpeter studied mechanical engineering at the TU Munich. In 1987, he started his career at BMW AG, working in the central planning  »Technology Assembly«. 2004 he took over the »Process- and quality support assembly« at the Munich plant. Today, Mr. Kleinpeter is general project manager in the field of new technology approaches and impulse projects for all production technologies and BMW plants from FIZ (Forschungs- und Ingenieurszentrum).

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katharina Klemt-Albert

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katharina Klemt-Albert is head of the Institute for Construction Management and Digital Building at Leibniz Universität Hannover since 2016. Her research and teaching focus is on digital transformation and digitization in planning, construction and maintenance. Professor Klemt-Albert studied civil engineering at the Ruhr University Bochum. In 2001 she received her doctorate with distinction from the Technical University of Darmstadt in cooperation with Northwestern University/USA. Professor Klemt-Albert spent 14 years in top management at Deutsche Bahn AG, most recently as managing director of an international project service provider with 1,500 employees. Here she implemented major national and international projects with a focus on Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Singapore and China. Professor Klemt-Albert is founder and CEO of albert.ing GmbH, a provider of engineering services and consulting for digital construction.

Claus Mayer


After studying physics in Stuttgart, Claus Mayer started his career in 1989 as a development engineer in the space department of ANT Nachrichtentechnik (now Tesat) in Backnang. In 1992, he moved to the State Administration of Baden-Württemberg as a consultant and head of department in the State Trade Office. In 2005 joined the Ministry of Economics of Baden-Württemberg as a consultant for micro and nanotechnologies, photonics, metal processing and aerospace. Since 2013, he is in charge of all activities relating to Industry 4.0. Since January 2019, Mayer has headed the Automotive and Production Industry, Logistics Department at the current Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing in Baden-Württemberg.

Prof. Dr. Gunther Neuhaus

Gunther Neuhaus, a native of Austria, received his doctor’s degree in botany and cell biology at the University of Salzburg in 1980. He qualified as professor at the ETH Zurich in 1993. After periods of study and research in New York and Singapore, he accepted a professorship at the University of Freiburg where he currently holds the post of vice rector for research.

Dr. Volker Nussbaumer

Dr. Volker Nussbaumer

As a doctor of physics, Volker Nussbaumer began his career in projects with the European Union. For many years he has been employed in the Deutsche Telekom corporation. After various positions in the engineering and marketing divisions, he was head of the center for Value-Added Services and also responsible for the area of New Business/Energy. Since May 2019, Nussbaumer has been Head of Operations at Volkswagen Group Charging GmbH, in charge of various topics in the field of electromobility within the Volkswagen Group.

Dr. Stefan Raible

Dr. Stefan Raible

Stefan Raible received his diploma in physics at the University of Tübingen and graduated with a Ph.D. in 1999, working in the field of scanning microscopy, silicon micro-machining and semiconductors. In 2000 he co-founded the company Advanced Sensing Devices, which developed and manufactured chemical MEMS gas sensor elements. After merging with AppliedSensor AB in 2002, Raible established MEMS based metal oxide sensors as the company’s key technology. From 2011 to 2014, he served as CTO, CEO and member of the board of directors. In 2014, AppliedSensor was acquired by the Austrian ams AG. Raible has held various positions at ams and is now supporting the company as engineering fellow to define its technology strategy. Since 2018 Stefan Raible is supporting the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) at the University of Tuebingen as deputy managing director.

Prof. Dr. Michael Totzeck

Dr. Michael Totzeck

A qualified lecturer in physics, he has been working for Carl Zeiss since 2002, where he holds the position of Fellow in the specialist career path. In June 2013 Totzeck was appointed honorary professor by the University of Konstanz. His expertise encompasses optical measurement techniques, high-resolution microscopy, lithography as well as electromagnetic light/structure interactions and polarization optics. He is an author/co-author of more than 50 patent families and more than 30 scientific publications.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Wallrabe

Wallrabe studied physics at the Universität Karlsruhe, now the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT, where she received her doctorate with a thesis on micro-turbines and micro-motors. In 1999, Wallrabe assumed leadership of the micro-optics work group where she developed components for optical communications engineering and sensor technology. Since 2003, Wallrabe is a professor for micro-actuators at the Department of Microsystems Engineering IMTEK at the University of Freiburg. Her research focus is on magnetic micro-structures and adaptive micro-optics. Since October 2016, Wallrabe is also director of the IMTEK. She is a board member of the Hahn-Schickard Gesellschaft, a non-profit association for applied research in the areas of microsystems engineering, micro assembly technology, micro analytical systems, and information technology.